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Shaolin (2011)
"San siu lam zi" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)
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After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaoqun Yu ...
Chen Zhiui ...
Huo Lung
Xing Yu ...
Chingneng (as Jacky Wu)
Tsao Man
Hai Yu ...
Hou Chieh / Chinochueh
Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ...
Xiaohong Shi ...
Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen ...
Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
Alexander Mukhanov ...
Shi Tianshuo ...
Officer Shi
Qilong Li ...
Huo's Officer
Jin Youming ...
Hou's Butler


China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters after killing a rival warlord on their temple grounds. But the glory comes before a fall. His own family is wiped out in an unexpected turn of events and Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape. Written by Anonymous

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In a land torn by strife, the righteous monks of Shaolin stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Shaolin  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,132 (USA) (9 September 2011)


$64,327 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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User Reviews

A MUST SEE!!! (Top In Quality Of Action, Story, And Camera-work)
27 April 2015 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

For some reason I passed on watching this a few times. Very glad I chose it to watch tonight. I think the story and message is so amazingly well portrayed as well as the choreography and quality of movie making extremely tasteful and well done. If you've seen Ip Man, or Fist of Legend, or any movie on those levels, and have any appreciation of this genre of martial arts movies...I completely and whole heatedly suggest watching this movie. I was going to suggest to see the trailer, but I think it is best to watch without seeing the trailer. The production and direction of story telling, acting, and showmanship is top notch and I believe anybody can become a better person after seeing this movie.

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